Covid-19: Mental Health - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:29 am on 1 July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Tyler of Enfield Baroness Tyler of Enfield Liberal Democrat 11:29, 1 July 2020

My Lords, research shows that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on some of the most disadvantaged, particularly those from BAME communities. During this period, many mental health and community services have moved online. While that is an appropriate first response, charities are now expressing concern that it is not an effective response for many, including the elderly, those with learning disabilities and those with severe mental illnesses. Can the Minister say what urgent steps the Government are taking to restore effective treatment and care for all, including face-to-face services, with all necessary PPE and testing in place?